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W.Va. Bishop: Expand Medicaid

Bransfield: Health care is part of Roman Catholic teachings

March 26, 2013

CHARLESTON (AP) — The leader of West Virginia’s Roman Catholic community has joined the chorus urging Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to expand Medicaid to cover more low-income people. Bishop Michael J....

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Mar-26-13 7:20 PM

The disparities are striking. By 2017, the estimated increase would be 62 percent for California, about 80 percent for Ohio, more than 20 percent for Florida and 67 percent for Maryland. Much of the reason for the higher claims costs is that sicker people are expected to join the pool, the report said.

Obamacare is a double-edged sword.

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Mar-26-13 7:17 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Insurance companies will have to pay out an average of 32 percent more for medical claims on individual health policies under President Barack Obama's overhaul, the nation's leading group of financial risk analysts has estimated.

That's likely to increase premiums for at least some Americans buying individual plans.

The report by the Society of Actuaries could turn into a big headache for the Obama administration at a time when many parts of the country remain skeptical about the Affordable Care Act.

While some states will see medical claims costs per person decline, the report concluded the overwhelming majority will see double-digit increases in their individual health insurance markets, where people purchase coverage directly from insurers.

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Mar-26-13 6:03 PM

Exapand medicaide???


AGAIN, when it's not THEIR money, they sure do like to spend it!!!


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Mar-26-13 3:08 PM

The dam-ned socialist bishop Bransfield is all for expanding Medicaid because he doesn't pay taxes to support the welfare state. Why don't you sell all of your luxuries and give it to the poor Mr. Bransfield. After-all, it's easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than it is for a rich man (or wealthy hypocritical Bishop) to enter the kingdom of Heaven.

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Mar-26-13 3:03 PM

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Mar-26-13 2:43 PM

I'm not 'of the Faith' but I think the Bishop is just encouraging the Governor to jump on the bandwagon with most of the other states and embrace an enhanced 'Medicaide'. The ACA is it or hate's here. It will provided millions of the poor with health insurance for the first time (like the other industrialized countries). If WV does not accept..then our taxes will go to support those states that do accept this law. Hey, Feds pay 100 percent for 3 years and 90 percent of costs for the rest of time. The Bishop is telling the Governor that his church won't make any waves....and endorses Catholics to accept this. That's all it is.

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Mar-26-13 1:33 PM

Why doesn't him urge the Vatican to ante up some of their bucks for this?

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Mar-26-13 1:14 PM

The Bishop lives on other people's money as well, but expanding government payments for low income health care is good for the Diocese as it means that Wheeling Hospital can bill the government for using the E Room as a doctor's office. Yippee a Catholic hospital on the Federal tax teat. Perhaps its not so much about people getting health care as it is who gets to be paid for delivering that health care. The poor working slobs have to pay for our families and their families, and the Bishop?....well he doesn't pay for his own health care either. It easy to cite moral need when you aren't working 60 hours a week to have enough for your own family and ten other families. Are there any Catholic social teachings about working for a living? There are jobs available, just many don't want a job at all. Its nice having the day to throw darts and rest, someone else picks up the bill. None of this is free you know, someone has to pay for it. Any RC teachings on work?

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Mar-26-13 12:43 PM

How can anyone take this religion seriously knowing the truth about how they live...vows of poverty and chastity...child abuse cover ups and priests and bishops living like's all based on control.

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Mar-26-13 11:19 AM

Does that include birth control?

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Mar-26-13 5:23 AM

If the Bishop is so enthused about Expanded Medicaid, perhaps the Bishop would voluntarily forgo some of the excesses the clergy and church enjoy and become a paying member of society. You know, with all the vows of poverty to which they profess, it seems with million dollar domiciles and more frills than a party dress, they are missing the mark. Kinda of like put up or shut up, I guess.

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